3M™ Lava™ Premium Zirconia Crowns

Lava™ Premium

Product Overview

3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Premium system is based on a unique 3M™ ESPE™ shading technology, meaning that its color is not on the surface but comes from within. This unique technology used in the Lava™ Premium Dyeing Liquids also helps to preserve translucency after shading, without compromising strength.

  • High Translucency
  • High Strength of 1400 Mpa
  • Thanks to a unique shading system, it enables to create highly esthetic restorations. Eighteen natural, warm and vivid tooth colors, 7 effect shades and a fluorescent effect shade are available for unlimited individualization
  • Years of clinical experience and millions of successful cases worldwide
  • Limited 15 years limited warranty*
  • The patented shading system enables highly esthetic all-zirconia or traditionally layered restorations.
  • Excellent color match to the VITA® Classical Shade Guide and VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER® Shades.
  • High strength allows tooth-preserving ≤0.5mm minimum wall thickness - requiring 3X less occlusal preparation than lithium disilicate glass ceramic because of it's 3X greater strength².

Lava™ Premium High Translucency All-Zirconia Crown (A2)

Lava™ Premium zirconia is the beautifully durable material of choice.

1. Compared to other shaded zirconias.
2. Data on file.

Lava™ Premium Highly Translucent All-Zirconia Restorations

  • Single crowns
  • 8 Unit bridges with upto 4 pontics in the anterior region
  • Inlay and Onlay bridges
  • Primary telescopes
  • Custom Zirconia abutments for a wide variety of implant systems

Single Crown                                      3-unit bridge

Source: 3M™ ESPE


Lava™ Premium Highly Translucent Frameworks

  • Single crowns
  • All bridges up to 48mm²
  • Splinted crowns¹
  • Crowns on Implants
  • Cantilever bridges³ (excluded for patients with bruxism)
  • Inlay and onlay bridges4(excluded for patients with bruxism)
  • Anterior adhesive bridges4 (excluded for patients with bruxism)

Curved and long-span bridge               Anterior adhesive bridge

Source: 3M™ ESPE


Lava™ Premium primary crowns / telescopes Lava™ Premium build-ups for two-piece abutments

Primary Crown / telescope                  Build-up for two-piece abutment

Source: 3M™ ESPE


1. Splinted crowns up to 4 units.

2. 5+ unit bridges (up to 48 mm) with a maximum of two pontics next to one another in the posterior area and a maximum of four pontics next to one another in the anterior area.

3. With a maximum of 1 pontics at the position of a premolar or incisor.

4. Tests have proven: Lava™ Zirconia shows a sufficient strength for this indication. However, this type of indication overall can have a higher failure risk due to de-cementation and secondary caries regardless of manufacturer. Please refer to national and regional dental associations for more information.

The zirconia system rated to have the best esthetics for all-zirconia crowns¹ and layered restorations²

In a field evaluation, Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia was put to the test with dentists and dental labs alike.

Dental lab reviews showed Lava™ Premium zirconia to have the best overall esthetics, with significantly higher all-zirconia crown translucency than leading competitors without compromising strength. It's the ONLY system that matches the VITA® Classical A1-D4 and bleached shades.

Dentists involved in the evaluation said Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia delivers the best zirconia esthetics ever, with more options for all-zirconia or layered restorations.


Zirconia Translucency comparison, shaded and unshaded:1-Contrast Ratio (%)

The height of the bar represents the level of translucency.
Source: 3M™ ESPE™ internal data


*Shaded with Zirkonazahn Prettau Color Liquid A


  • Application Test Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia, 11 responding dental labs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands and U.S., 2011.
  • Application Test Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia, 18 responding dentists in Germany, Italy and U.S., 2011.

Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia showed improved translucency without compromising its mechanical properties

Biaxial flexural strength comparison of zirconia and lithium disilicate (acc. ISO 6872). Letters indicate statistically significant differences.

Source: Wang F, Takahashi H. Translucency and Biaxial Flexural Strength of Dental Ceramics. J Dent Res 91 (Spec Iss A): #422, 2012


Monolithic Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia demonstrates less steatite antagonist wear when polished or glazed than a present state-of-the-art veneering material

Source 1: J. Geis-Gerstorfer, and C. Schille. Influence of Surface Treatment on Wear of Solid Zirconia (LAVA), J Dent Res 90 (Spec Iss A): #145873, 2011

Source 2: Prof. J. Geis-Gerstorfer, C. Schille. Wear behavior measured with a pin-on-disk apparatus ABREX against 6mm Steatite balls as antagonists (45°, 5 N load, 5000 cycles, water). University of Tübingen, Germany


* Lava™ Premium is internationally known as Lava™ Plus

More than 10 years of clinical experience and millions of successful cases worldwide.

Since its introduction in 2001, Lava™ Zirconia has become a huge success story. Millions of restorations have been produced and Lava™ Systems are running in over 40 countries around the globe.

Lava™ Zirconia is one of the best investigated materials on the market with over 100 studies published by researchers worldwide. Lava™ stands for high-strength restorations with outstanding marginal fit and excellent aesthetics. Due to its proven reliability, 3M™ ESPE™ grants for 15 years from the date of placement that copings or substructures made out of Lava™ Zirconia will not break.

If fabricated by an Authorized Lava™ Milling Center or on approved Lava™ Equipment in strict compliance with approved indications and instructions for use for Lava™ Crowns and Bridges. Only approved indications for Lava™ Zirconia are covered and the warranty does not cover any breakage resulting from accidents or misuse. Additional costs such as the cost of preparation and veneering are also not covered.


Lava™ Premium Highly Translucent Zirconia Restorations

Figure 1: Initial situation: Insufficient full-cast metal crowns at teeth 26 and 27; insufficient composite filling at teeth 23, 24 and 25.
Source: 3M™ ESPE



Figure 2 + 3: Final result: Lava™ Premium Highly Translucent All-Zirconia single crowns at teeth 25, 26 and 27. Restorations are custom-shaded with Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia Dyeing Liquid and individualized with Lava™ Premium High Translucency Zirconia Effect Shades. Teeth 23 and 24 restored with Filtek™ Supreme XTE.

Source: 3M™ ESPE


Experience pure all-zirconia, glazed-only Lava™ Premium Highly Translucent 3-unit bridge for clinical situations with little inter-occlusal space.

Figure 1: Initial situation: Insufficient provisional at teeth 45-47
Source: 3M™ ESPE


Figure 2: Preparation with only little inter-occlusal space
Source: 3M™ ESPE


Figure 3: Final situation: Monolithic Lava™ Premium Highly Translucent Zirconia 3-unit Bridge at teeth 45-47. Minimum wall thickness of framework at contact points is 0.5mm
Source: 3M™ ESPE


Supplied via Authorized 3M Milling Partners only
Warranty covered by 3M*
*Conditions apply - warranty provided as per terms mentioned in the warranty card